St. Louis Blues: T.J. Oshie Avoids Arbitration with a 5-Year Contract

Jacob Born@@Jacob_BornContributor IIIJuly 19, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 30: T.J. Oshie #74 of the St. Louis Blues celebrates a goal against the Nashville Predators at the Scottrade Center  on December 30, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Just hours before the St. Louis Blues and T.J. Oshie were set to present their cases to an arbitrator, the two sides came to an agreement. There will be no arbitration, and both sides are very happy with the deal.

The Blues' Twitter feed has reported that Oshie signed a new five-year contract. Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch values the average yearly salary at $4.175 million dollars. 

Oshie should be extremely happy with his contract. He will be tied up with the Blues for the next five years, allowing the core of the Blues' team to remain intact for at least the next four years. The Blues have been hesitant with Oshie because of some immaturity and streaky play, but the length of the contract shows that the Blues are going all-in on Oshie.

As stated earlier, the Blues will have their core locked up for a good four years. This will allow for the players to build on the momentum they created this past season. Oshie will be a part of the team that rides the success and could potentially bring the city of St. Louis their first Stanley Cup.

Oshie is a fan favorite in St. Louis, and by signing him long-term, the Blues are showing that they are invested in their fans and in winning. They want to keep their homegrown talent because they know they can win with it. 

The Blues have created a team that can win—and Oshie, for the next five years, is a big part of it.